About Us

We are a diverse group of people who all share a common thing – we love Jesus and community!

Our Core Values.

Preach the Gospel

To share the life-giving and life‐transforming message of Jesus Christ to everyone in our immediate and surrounding communities.

Make Disciples

To assist members of the fellowship in every way possible to develop and grow in the faith they have chosen to follow.

Love One Another

To model a Biblical pattern of local fellowship, where members don’t exist in isolation but thrive as a vibrant spiritual family, bound by genuine relationships, caring for one another, serving together and collectively pursuing Kingdom objectives.

Serve the Community

To be a powerful witness of the love and power of Christ to the community we live in, on a day-to-day basis, by caring for the sick, providing for the needy, comforting the hurting, healing the broken hearted, giving hope to the hopeless, befriending the lonely, embracing the rejected, and offering support to those who cannot manage on their own.

Church Eldership

Pastor Chris & Lyra Vaz

Chris and his wife Lyra joined Gateway in 2012 after being Associate Pastor in a thriving church in Wembley. Both were born and raised in India and came to Britain as missionaries in 2006. They have two beautiful daughters, Eliza and Daniella, who are very quickly learning the Welsh way of life.

Chris has a particular gifting in leadership training and teaching God’s word. He serves as area Leader for AOG South Wales, part of the New Wine Wales National Leadership Team, part of the Leadership Development team for AOG GB, as well as offering spiritual support and input to various church leaders and leadership teams.
Lyra serves as Church Care Coordinator and her pastoral heart is a real example to learn from.

Phil & Angela Johnson


Phil and Angela have been a part of Gateway since 2014. Phil heads up our Intercession, New Christians and Q&A Apologetics departments, is a regular preacher and along with Angela do an immense amount of pastoral care within the fellowship. Angela is an accomplished violinist, playing in a local orchestra and Phil enjoys singing in a local choir.

Steve & Sarah Thomas


Steve became an elder in 2013 and balances running a design business as well as a young family. He also enjoys surfing, mountain biking and bouldering. Sarah is one of our worship leaders.

Phil & Sue Hopkins


Phil is our longest serving elder, having been part of the eldership team for over 15 years. He is also a big Cardiff City fan. Sue serves on our worship team and is also one of our trustees.

Stewart & Apryl Clark


Stewart is our Associate Pastor. Having moved to the UK from South Africa, he is bi-vocational and leads our ‘Connect Groups’ ministry, as well as serving in other areas of the church. Apryl is from Memphis in the USA and was a senior leader at the YWAM base in London for over 12 years. She now serves Gateway in our prayer, youth and ‘Connect Groups’ ministries.

Haydn & Belinda Dwyer


Haydn and Belinda have been part of Gateway since its beginning. Haydn became an elder in 2011 and oversees the Pastoral Care ministry. Belinda is an active member of the Food Bank in Abergavenny and is our Registrar.


Aaron Foley

Community Co-ordinator / Community Café

Aaron started as an intern at Gateway but his strengths and clear calling to serve the church led him into employment in early 2017. He co-leads all our community work, and also serves in the youth department from time to time.
He is married to Steph who serves on our worship team, and they both have a young daughter.

Aled Williams


Aled has been a part of Gateway for many years and alongside his strategic and invaluable role overseeing Operations, he is also one of our worship leaders and has an exemplary servant heart.

He is married to Kim, is a dad, as well as granddad, and still manages to find time to tinker with the latest gadgets.

Rhys & Natalie Jones

Caretaker / cleaner

Described as the oil that keeps the building running, Rhys and Natalie keep our buildings in good shape, whether it’s cleaning, repairing broken doors or getting different spaces ready for ministry.

Rhys also leads a connect group, is bass guitarist in our worship team and an ardent rugby fan.

Helen Cox

Children & Young FamiliesHelen Cox

Helen joined our staff in October 2021 as Children & Young Families Leader after volunteering in children’s work since joining the church 8 years ago. She is loving her new post and has a vision to see children encounter God in a powerful way, to grow strong in their faith and to reach their generation for Jesus.
She is also a Trustee, a member of the worship team and co-leads a Connect Group.

Kerrie Wilson


Kerrie joined our staff in April 2021 after several months serving in various roles as a volunteer. As well as taking care of all the church admin, Kerrie is also our treasurer.

Lyra Vaz

Church Care Co-ordinator

Laurianne Ansell

Laurianne is covering Chenise during her maternity leave, heading up the youth and young adult ministry. She is passionate about our young people getting to know Jesus in a personal way.

She is mum to two grown up boys and being outdoors in God’s beautiful creation makes her heart sing.